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, to egypt. >> we hold president morsi and the government completely responsible for the violence happening in egypt today. what is happening at the presidential palace at the moment, the violence, without the protection of the country, is an announcement from the country and president that they do not hold their responsibility to protect the country. >> the egyptian army has deployed tanks outside of the presidential palace in cairo and six people have died in clashes between supporters and opponents of president morsi. we will speak to sharif abdel kouddous. >> this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we are broadcasting from doha, qatar. egyptian forces have deployed outside a cairo after violent clashes between pro and anti- government demonstrators left six people dead and more than 400 injured. the violence marked a major escalation in the dispute over mohamed mursi's effort to hold a referendum on a new constitution later this month shortly after he asserted wide-ranging powers. fighting continues today with supporters and opponents clashin
. there were mass protests after morsi issued a decree neutering the judiciary. there were demonstrations in his favor, and a constitution was drafted that spurred protest on the street. what to make of it all? two of my favorite scholars are with me. welcome, guys. conventional wisdom is this is a power grab by morsi. is that accurate? >> his dclaration gave himself extraordinary powers. every decision he makes is now free of any possibility of judicial review. but really, the game is kind of moved beyond that now. what is motivating people to protest in egypt is not that constitutional declaration alone, it is now the new constitution that morsi's allies in the constituent assembly rushed through. >> steve, what is the army's role in all of this. that's the piece people don't understand. you have morsi, muslim brotherhood and others behind this constitution. liberals, secularists opposing it. where does the army stand? >> the military has essentially removed itself from the political system. the new military leadership that came into power in mid-august as a result of morsi's declaratio
. >> they about to stay put until president morsi withdraws from power. >> he insists that his decree is necessary for national security and is only temporary. >> police used tear gas to try to disperse the crowds, but the morning after mass protests, many demonstrators vowed to stay put. critics feel cheated. they say the president's decrees go against the spirit of egypt's revolution. the opposition once he is well on his way to becoming an islamist autocrat, not a precedent for all egyptians as promised. >> what you did to us, mr. president -- you divided the country in half. shame on you. >> tuesday's demonstrations lasted well into the night. some 300,000 people flooded onto tahrir square, numbers not seen since the fall of hosni mubarak. the crisis has mobilized egypt's political opposition, who called on protesters to stay put. there have been clashes with police. one demonstrator died of tear gas inhalation. public anger has spread to other cities in egypt. in alexandria, protesters attacked the local offices of the muslim brotherhood. pressure may be mounting, but so far, the president ha
president morsi at this hour after an islamist-led assembly raced through the approval of a new constitution, a move to end the crisis. >> the document is based on sharia law. critics say it ignores fundamental democratic principles and marginalizes the nation's large christian populations. it has set the stage for conflict in a more increasingly divided nation. >> opponents of the president are outraged at the document adopted by the assembly. protesters are maintaining a vigil, and demonstrations are growing. critics warn that egypt is fast becoming an islamic state. >> hosni mubarak never divided the egyptian people. now, there is president morsi, and we do not know if he is the president of egypt or the president of the muslim brotherhood. >> islamists who dominate the assembly have already answered that question -- the body signed off on all 234 articles of the constitution, which is based upon the principles of sharia or islamic law. the constitution maintains sharia as the main source of legislation. it also gives women no guarantee of equal rights, since the rights must conform with
for president morsi. more scuffles broke out when the opposition again rallied against the new constitution and morsi's power grab. international governments are calling for dialogue. >> i am dismayed by the news from cairo. violence is no way to solve a domestic political conflict. i would appeal to all sides to be reasonable and exercise restraint. >> after wednesday night's violence, the day has been relatively calm, but the raging street battles have served only to inflame tensions between the camps. >> this is a coup between the -- against the president. they are trying to turn people against him, but he is taking firm and steady steps forward and leading us out of this dark tunnel. >> this is not democracy. this is terrorism -- terrorism from the ruling party. >> now the nation is waiting for a response from morsi and a sign that he can use his authority to rein in divisions. >> let's go live now to cairo and our correspondent. is the situation still tense there in cairo? what about in other egyptian cities? >> no, in cairo it is relatively calm. a bigger group of protesters have come
, egyptian president mohamed morsi is expected to explain why he granted himself almost absolute authority in a national address later today. anti-morsi protests raged through the night just down the road from where the egyptian assembly agreed on a final constitution. a vote is expected today. holly williams is in cairo. >> reporter: what we're seeing here in egypt is a straight on -- 0 show down between mohamed morsi the country's first democratically elected president and his opponent. morsi is showing no signs of backing down from the expanded new powers that he gave himself last week including immunity from the court. judges from these top courts have gone on strike. meanwhile egypt's supreme constitutional court said it will rule on sunday on whether or not to dissolve the assembly that drafted egypt's new constitution. that assembly is dominated by morsi's allies. they are rushing to finish a final draft. on tahrir square in central cairo some opponents are camped out and say they won't leave until he relinquishes his new powers. president morsi supporters are planning a demonstrati
president mohammed morsi. >> and hurricane sandy left many people homeless. new reaction from victims furious at relief response and president obama. >> president obama, he said he was going to cut through the red tape. he lied. he says, what do you mean? i said you lied. (car horn) paying with your smartphone instead of cash... (phone rings) that's a step forward. with chase quickpay, you can send money directly to anyone's checking account. i guess he's a kicker... again, again! oh, no you don't! take a step forward and chase what matters. >>. >> heather: two people have died after a bus crash in florida. the doubling decker was carrying 32 members of a church group when it slammed in an overpass. >> people in wyoming say the man involved in a deadly attacks yesterday used a bow and arrow in one of killings. authorities say this christopher krum first stabbed a woman on friday and then went to the college where his father was teaching and shot him with a bow and arrow. he later stabbed and killed himself. >> more than hundred people are waiting to return to home after a train derail
indefinitely. that because of the protest by supporters of islamist president mohammed morsi. the court was set to rule on the legitimacy of the islamist dominated panel that drafted the new constitution. but it now says it cannot operate in what it calls a "climate filled with hatred." steve harrigan live in cairo at the moment with the latest developments. not very encouraging, steve. good morning. >> reporter: certainly not. in a blow to the egypt constitutional court. judges were going to meet today but the building they were going to meet in was surrounded by protesters in favor of the egypt president mohammed morsi. the judges were too concerned about trying to enter the building. they failed to do so. they said they would not meet anymore under the atmosphere of fear and intimidation. to an example of mob rule here. justices building surrounded and the justices failing to meet today. as far as the constitution, pushed through in one night, earlier in the week, it's now set to go to a referendum. nationwide vote on this. december 15. president morsi said those extreme powers which he adop
morsi speaks out about president obama. speaking live with someone that just interviewed morsi, don't miss this. shopping for medicare coverage? don't wait. open enrollment ends december 7th. now's the time to take action. call unitedhealthcare today. >>> now to egypt. several new developments today. first off, dmon straights prompted the u.s. to shut down the embassy there. the embassy was not under fire but clashes between protesters and riot police clogged streets around the complex. this chaos is going on for days as demonstrators threatened the new islamic president morsi with a second revolution. >>> and then there's this. lawmakers dominated by islamists are now rushing to draft a new constitution. this move is seen by some of morsi's critics as an effort by the muslim brotherhood to hijack the constitution. and amid all of this, president morsi is on the cover of "time" magazine. "time" calls him the most important man in the middle east and boasts an exclusive interview credited with getting israel and gaza to end fighting. let's bring in the "time" bureau chief and got the
be a live speech of president morsi by he put it on video and they will play it to the people shortly. when they see it, we will see it. it is very important. the reaction on the streets of cairo less than two years after people kicked their president out. and a health care for former president george h.w. bush, he has been in the hospital for a week now. are you receiving a payout from a legal settlement or annuity over 10 or even 20 years? call imperial structured settlements. the experts at imperial can convert your long-term payout into a lump sum of cash today. >>shepard: 17 minutes past the hour. egyptian president morsi has recorded a statement on the uprising in the crucial area of the middle east and egyptian lawmakers are returning to complete a brand new constitution that could end president morsi's power grab. last week he essentially maim himself a dictator. he issued several decrees including an order that all decisions he makes are final and he is essentially above the law and frankly the people and the judges went nuts. a new constitution would revoke the decrees but protest
th straight day in cairo's tahrir square about morsi's power grab and the constitution he's supporting and the port city of alexandria where the supporters of president morsi are clashing with opponents and thousands of his supporters taking part in nationwide rallies. and they're organized by the muslim brotherhood has taken charge and steve harrigan is there and streaming live for us from cairo right now. steve? >> it's really two different sets of demonstrations going on. there's the group behind me at tahrir square and those are people against president morsi, but today for the first time we've seen a much larger group, mainly supported by the muslim brotherhood and they're coming in in support of president morsi and that group is a mile and a half from where i'm standing, a lot of men, people carrying-- and strong show of support port those, and he pushed through a draft constitution on friday and the next move is likely a referendum within two week's time and mr. morsi says once those are adopted those took on by himself will be void. whether that will be enough for
president mohammad morsi, anti-government demonstrators charged presidential supporters with rocks and molotov cocktails after being kicked off palace grounds. and now there are reports of masked men storming the headquarters of morsi's muslim brotherhood. reza sayah is in cairo. >> reporter: just a remarkable scene, where you have opponents of president morsi and supporters of president morsi locked in an incredibly tense stand-off. let's set the scene for you. that's the presidential palace over there. this is the main road that runs in front of the palace. these are some old train tracks that have divided this road on this side you have opponents of the president chanting anti-president, anti-government slogans. on that side, have you supporters. of the president. and in between you have scores of police officers. standing by doing their best to keep the calm. all right, we just had to make a run for it, because the clashes started to take place between supporters of the president and opponents. all of a sudden, rocks started flying. and there was a charge from one side. a lot o
is packed with tens of thousands of egyptians protesting against their president morsi and his assembly after they approved a draft of the new constitution. they did it but any christians, no liberals, no moderate muslims, because they left the body in protest. they claim that the assembly is bent on passing laws that restricts speech and women's rights and the draft come as week after president morsi gave himself unchecked control over the country. he made himself a dictator. he claims it is "temporary" in order to promote stability. steve harrigan is live in cairo. what is the draft constitution? >>reporter: well, opposition figures including the nobel peace prize laureate is calling the constitution a coup against democracy. they are sharply criticizing it as a rush drive, 16 hours of voting on a constitution, pushing it through only after all moderates, liberals and christians have left the room in protest. right now it stands to go to referendum in 15 days but the anger against it and the concerns about the protection of women under the new constitution, the role of islam under the
crowds are gathered in cairo's tahrir square. they're protesting against president mohamed morsi and egypt's new constitution. thousands of protesters are supporting the president. they had have constitution one day after it was quickly approved. reza siayah has the news. >> reporter: we have seen hundreds of thousands of egyptians protest against president morsi and the muslim brotherhood. now it's the president's supporters and the broorthhood saying it's our turn. >> we support president morsi and his decision. >> we all support president morsi because this decision, we all need it. >> reporter: it's hard to say how many people are here. some say over 100,000. all say they support the president and just like the opposition faction, they can put on a mass demonstration, too. >> this is the real citizens of egypt. >> what about tahrir square? what do you call tahrir square? the protesters here? >> they're protesters and this is democracy. there are people who agree and disagree. >> reporter: there are a few thousand women here but it's overwhelmingly men. they are energized chan
. >> and protest in tahrir square as anger continues to grow against egyptian president mohammed morsi. we'll have a live report. >> new information on what may have caused a freight train carrying dangerous chemicals to derail in new jersey. >> heather: the clock is winding down to a potential economic disaster. there has been a lot of talk apparently nothing to show for it. democrats and republicans blaming each other nor the standoff with your tax bill riding on the out come. unless an agreement is reached by the end of the month, bush-era tax cuts will expire triggering a rise in taxes by an average of 5%. that means a middle-class family will pay $2,000 more in taxes and married couples would be hurt because of marriage penalty. it doesn't include the budget consequences. $55 billion would be cut from the pentagon and another $55 billion slashed from domestic programs. an estimated 2 million jobs could be lost pushing the economy back into a recession adding to the misery to those facing tough times by ending jobless benefits for the long term unemployed. steve is live in washington. where do
morsi. they said they won't return to work until morsi rescinds decrees giving himself near absolute power. at the same time, the supreme constitutional court rejected morsi's claims that it's undermining his government. >> ( translated ): the egyptian supreme constitutional court will not be terrorized from any threat or blackmail and it will not be subjected to any pressure from anyone, no matter how forcible the pressure. and the supreme constitutional court is ready to face this, whatever the consequences, which could be a high price, even if the price is the life of its judges. >> sreenivasan: the courts' actions came a day after nationwide protests against morsi's decrees. and late today, there was word the egyptian leader will address the country tomorrow about his actions and the response. rebels in eastern congo have begun pulling out of territory they seized from government troops just last week. neighboring countries had issued an ultimatum for the m-23 fighters to withdraw from the key town of goma by friday. the group is made up mainly of soldiers who deserted the congol
of the muslim brotherhood in eastern egypt. the controversial president morsi was the leaders of that group before he resigned after winning the election. two weeks ago, the new president made himself a dictator, giving himself absolute power and tensions is been on the rise ever since. hours ago president morsi asking protesters out his palace to "cool it." give a chance to new talks aimed at stemming backlash over his controversial power grab. so far the call for calm has gone nowhere. you can see the protesters tearing down the tents throwing rocks and fire bombs at each other and yesterday opponents stormed the palace grounds. the president's backers in the muslim brotherhood showed up in force and ready for a fight. this began when egypt's new president essentially maim himself a stickator, with the protesters demanding he give up those near absolute powers. and steve harrigan is live for us in cairo. steve, these are the biggest crowds we have seen yet. >>reporter: the largest crowds and the most violent. it has calmed down in the last hour at 10:00 p.m. in egypt but the worst clashes
is here. she's picking up that part of the story. >> embattled president mohammed morsi went on nationwide tv. he addressed the protests. he seemed to inflamed their outrage. within minutes, the muslim brotherhood headquarters in cairo was up in flames. reza joins us on the phone from cairo. we want to talk about president morsi in a second. first, you just arrived at the scene of the fire at the muslim brotherhood headquarters. what are you seeing, and what are you learning about who's responsible for this? >> reporter: let's verify what happened. two hours ago, they reported the main headquarters here in cairo was attacked by protesters and torched. we raced over here. we're in front of the headquarters right now. there's no indication of a fire here, but certainly there's a large group of what appear to be opponents of president morsi and the muslim brotherhood. they're trying to do everything they can to get to this building, and they're being blocked by police. so we have yet another standoff. if anyone thought president morsi's speech would pacify these people and calm them down, thi
of the muslim brotherhood and other islamists rallied behind mohamed morsi. nbc's jim maceda is in cairo with the latest on that. >> hi, craig. supporters really needed a massive turnout today at their rally to stem the momentum of the opposition, which has seen hundreds of thousands of real mix of secular, moderate, leftist, liberal, christian and other minority egyptians who have been filling up tahrir square over the past week and which tonight, by the way, continues its ten-city occupation of the square. today in the end belonged to morsi supporters. their show of support was big, at least in the tens of thousands, perhaps 100,000 or more outside cairo university and it really had the feel of a political rally. there were people waving flags, carrying banners and chanting pro-morsi sloegers. there were some clashes reported, not in cairo, but in the north in alexandria between pro and anti-morsi groups. overall, however, the day was peaceful. that's because the muslim brotherhood is much more focused on politics than on protests. it wants to see as quickly as possible the ratificatio
for president morsi. the islamic parliament approved a draft constitution that gave morsi vast power. we'll have a live report from cairo at 1:00 p.m. eastern. >>> a strike you may never have heard about that's sending a ripple across this nation next. also what's wrong with this picture? even one republican says a lot. it is coming up in strategy talk. plus willie geits on office politics here on "weekends with alex witt." [ male announcer ] where do you turn for legal matters? at legalzoom, we've created a better place to handle your legal needs. maybe you have questions about incorporating a business you'd like to start. or questions about protecting your family with a will or living trust. and you'd like to find the right attorney to help guide you along, answer any questions and offer advice. with an "a" rating from the better business bureau legalzoom helps you get personalized and affordable legal protection. in most states, a legal plan attorney is available with every personalized document to answer any questions. get started at legalzoom.com today. and now you're protected. [ male anno
is amazing. egyptians protesting president morsi broke through barbed wire at the palace and threw chairs and rocks at police, who in turn tossed tear gas into the crowd. the health ministry says 50 ambulances have been sent throughout cairo where hospitals are on high alert. the protests come as egyptians count down to a public referendum on a new constitution. much more to come on that. >>> in south carolina, parents who camped out for days to get first choice where they kids go to school found themselves in a stampede. thousands raced to get in line. one parent was injured but not seriously. officials obviously are re-evaluating their plan. >>> in nashville, anger and shock after police declare a woman dead after a traffic accident. the 30-year-old mother of three was struck by a car while crossing the street. police told the victim's family that she had died. their calls to the hospital found her alive but in critical condition. >>> is president obama considering the vogue editor ambassador to the united kingdom or france? she's among a handful of top obama fund-raisers interested in
there a day after angry protestors force the president, president morsi to leave the presidential palace. now he's back, and the stage is set for a new confrontation. we are going to talk about what this all means for us here at home. plus, the tv show that got this guy so fired up cops say he shot his girlfriend. well now he's charged with attempted murder. we'll tell you more about that story next. [ male announcer ] are you considering a new medicare plan? then you may be looking for help in choosing the right plan for your needs. so don't wait. call now. whatever your health coverage needs, unitedhealthcare can help you find the right plan. are you looking for something nice and easy? a medicare advantage plan can give you doctor, hospital and prescription drug coverage all in one plan... for nothing more than what you already pay for part b. you'll also have the flexibility to change doctors from a network of providers dedicated to helping you stay healthy. call now to learn more. unitedhealthcare has the information you need so you'll be better prepared when making medicare decisions. m
quickly to egypt. a lot of difficult scenarios there developing, with president morsi, apparently, showing a few traits of mubarak, with the executive orders he's giving himself. did he need to do this? and what is the fallout going to be here? the big protests all through cairo are the eruptions in egypt. >> he blew it. first of all, the grab for power from the judges. he compounded that today, by allowing his people, the muslim brotherhood to go out and crack heads. several people appear to have been killed. he's made things worse for himself. but that said, this is the first inning in a long game. i notice the stock market actually rose today, notwithstanding this. i think this was a bad sign for morsi. but i wouldn't make too much of it. >> quick question on this, larry. the arab spring promised so much. >> right. >> how are you feeling about it now? >> that's tragedy. i was in favor of the arab spring. this whole morsi story, this guy appears not to be a democrat, small "d." he appears to have dictatorial instincts. egypt was a secular muslim country. say what you will about mubarak.
. this constitution would go to a referendum, be voted on and president morsi would give up his extraordinary powers. what we see is the reverse. it has inflamed the opposition. we could see one of the biggest protest demonstrations today we've seen so far, bill. bill: steve harrigan, thank you. we're waiting and watching for more developments out of cairo, egypt. we're coming after the moment where prayers end on a friday afternoon. so watch that story. martha: crowds in those streets. we'll keep an eye on it. we're just getting started on this friday morning, everybody. there is new information on the health of president george h.w. bush after he was admitted to the hospital. we have the latest how he is doing. we'll bring you that straight ahead. bill: the senate voting on a plan to prevent terror deteen east from gitmo being moved here to the u.s. and the results of what happens next with retired four-star general jack keane with his take on it. martha: and gridlock in washington. stuart varney just told us the white house's plan could send us into another recession. we'll talk to a democrat and
there protesters have been rallying against president mohammed morsi for two weeks ever since he granted himself near absolute authority. a few days ago. lawmakers who support morsi hastily drafted and then passed a brand new constitution that could strengthen his grip. keep in mind president morsi of egypt has a lot of followers. he won a democratic election earlier thisser i don't. he is effectively making himself a dictator and the fact point to exactly that today 11 of egypt's largest newspapers suspended all operations over upcoming referendum vote. steve harrigan live in cairo for us. steve? >> shepard, these opposition protesters behind me on tahrir square are calling for people to marchionne the presidential palace tomorrow. that raises a clear possibility of conflict with supporters of president morsi around that presidential palace it will also be a real test of the opposition's numbers. we saw them peak out last week here at the square at 250,000. right now at 2:30 in the morning. probably fewer than a thousand people out there. in the meantime egypt's highest court the supreme consti
morsi is expected to approve a new constitution passed by the assembly as early as saturday. that may mean an end to the protests against morsi's decree giving himself new powers. >>> former president george h.w. bush is expected to leave a houston hospital by the weekend. the 88-year-old was treated for bronchitis and a lingering cough. >>> private bradley manning spoke at a hearing on charges he faces for leaking secrets to wikileaks. he told the military judge he was kept in solitary confinement and only allowed 20 minutes outdoors per day. >>> demominique strauss-kahn ha reached an agreement to settle a civil lawsuit against him by the new york hotel maid she claimed tried to rape her. >>> and the new list of the most popular baby names for 2012 is just out. so top names for the boys, aiden, jackson, ethan, liam and mason. and top names for the girls, all end in the letter "a." sophia, emma, olivia, isabella and ava. and in a surprising twist, the popular book "50 shades of grey" seemed to have influenced the list with "anna" moving higher on the list. >>> now here's your first lo
until further notice. >> this is all over president morsy's power grab. what about a potential constitution here? >> reporter: another important day today. the constitutional assembly in egypt at h hour is drafting egypt's all important new constitution. this is going to be the corner stone of egypt's democratic transition and one of the reasons why president morsy and the muslim brotherhood have been locking horns with opposition factions. this was a hundred member panel assigned to draft this constitution. there's been conflict. it is dominated by iz mists. liberal memberquit. some sued to disband the panel and start again. you will recall one of mr. morsy's ke crees said no one will disband this constitutional assembly. not even the judiciary. they believe it needs to be drafted to get it going. that's why opposition is upset. look for more conflict later today. >> thank you. >>> the other big news, in washington the white house tryinging to kick start fiscal cliff talks. just 33 days. congress breaks for the holidays in 15 days. >> treasury secretary tim geithner is going t
made up almost entirely of morsi islamist supporters, held an all-night vote to approve the constitution after the judiciary threat e ebbened to dissolve before the work was done. street clashes have erupted between president morsi supporters and protesters upset over decrease he granted himself sweeping powers. the u.n. human rights chief says morsi's decree is an attempt to put himself beyond the law. >>> up next in our gaggle, a fiscal cliff forecast plus duraflame logs, apple pie, a tv, these are just a few of the things that joe biden, the vice president of these united states, picked up at krostco on thursday. but first, it's the white house soup of the day, of course. roasted chicken and vegetable. when i got up this morning it was 28 degrees out. so that's a nice hearty soup to make me feel better about things. don't forget to check out our website. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of all day pain relief. this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. this season, discover aleve. oh, let me guess --ou see this? more
their president, mohammed morsi and the new constitution that just was passed in that country. they're upset about what they consider a massive grab for power by the president. >> unfortunately this decision is against what i was expecting from him completely, and i think it's against the benefit and the good for the people and the country. >> the new constitution went through after hours of haggling, and the draft is set to be presented to the president tomorrow. but it still needs to be approved by the people, and critics of the hasty nature of the vote say that this is an attempt by morsi's party, the muslim brotherhood, to hijack the constitution in that country. president morsi has promised egyptians that his decrees will go into effect just as soon as the new constitution is ratified in a public referendum. >>> not far away but worlds away essentially. this is what syrians are waking up to many mornings, and syrians are waiting for this violence to end. they may be waiting a long time, though. for the last two days they have now been cut off from the outside world completely. there's no inte
executive power and pliments presidential terms. this comes just after the president there mohammed morsi granted himself sweeping new powers basically made himself a dictator. that's what first triggered the protests and less than two years after the fall of egypt's aauthoritarian leader hosni mom bark many egyptians fear their new leader and islamist allies are putting the country back on the path toward dictatorship. steve harrigan live in cairo. steve, any sign the president is willing to concede on any of this? shepard, president morsey has made no moves on compromise. one thing we have seen from supporters in the muslim brotherhood the care shown in trying to avoid any conflict or violence in the square here. that's certainly going to be put to the test tomorrow. that's when across the nation morsey supporters, people who back this president from the muslim brotherhood will hold demonstrations in support of the president and they will avoid this area around tahrir square to try to avoid getting in fights with the anti-morsey protesters. shepard. >> shepard: steve, what happens now w
of dictatorship. and judge napolitano is here. the best way to describe what morsi did, he came in and tried to make himself a dictator. >>judge napolitano: he did. he came in, initially, as the man of the people, as the first popularly elected chief executive of egypt in its 3,000 year history. in a year of being in office, he said, the courts can not everrule me and no one can sue me and no one can second-guess me and what i say is the law. while he did that, he got the legislature, which was elected with him to write a new constitution without debate or input and against the rules of the present constitution and he is just putting it out there for the public to vote on. why are the judges so upset? the egyptian system of judges is similar to ours and to the british system, and judges can say to the government, that is unconstitutional. can you not do it. not in the islamic world which is what the constitution will have. their goal is an oath that is any dealt to shiria law, not rights of divided powers. >>shepard: egypt is the most powerful because of the numbers, 80 million people in egy
's presidential palace. according to the reporting of the associated press the egyptian president mohammed morsi had to sneak out the back door to avoid the crowding. this is a live look at demonstrations in cairo. hundreds of thousands have gathered night after night. rallying against president morsi's recent power grab. allies draft constitution one which would help him tighten his grip on power. earlier tonight it was far more chaotic. this was the scene outside that palace. police fired tear gas to try to break up the crowd. some reportedly chanted freedom or death. others down with the sons of dogs. they say they are not going anywhere unless and until the president cancels his plans to place himself above the law. steve hair tan live for news cairo. steve? >> shepard, this is really a new tactic for the opposition protesters. instead of simply staying here in tahrir square and chanting they went on offensive tonight toward the presidential palace. they got right to the compound walls until being tear gassed. it was reenergized the opposition. we have seen increase in recent days now they a
-fire's holding so far. >> and you thank egypt's president mohamed morsi for that? >> he is so far now proving to be a constructive partner certainly as proven in this last operation. >> is he honoring the peace treaty with israel? >> i think there's peace between egypt and israel on a daily basis, yes. >> what about syria? what would you like to see the government of israel as far as syria is concerned? because it's intense what's going on right now. about 40,000 people have been killed over the past year and a half. >> it's horrible. it's a terrible tragedy. we, the people of israel, look at the people of syria with great respect, even awe standing up and risking and even giving their lives for freedom from the terrible bashar al assad regime. we want them to go. we've long wanted him to depart. he is an ally of iran. he has not only killed 40,000 of his own people, he's tried to make a secret nuclear military program, he's helped in providing tens and tens of thousands of missiles to terrorists in lebanon and gaza. he is a loose cannon. we want him gone. we want to see a democratic and peac
opponents of president morsi there clashing with his supporters. the street battles according to reports leaving at least seven people dead, hundreds injured. now the government is panning protests near the presidential palace with troops and tanks and forcing the decree there. david lee miller is watching all this live in jerusalem with more. david lee? >> reporter: jenna we are awaiting what might be an address by the egyptian president mohammed morsi. it is expected to take place at any time. we're told that during the day he met with the army chief as well as his ministers to try to come up with some way to stablize the country. he was in the presidential palace earlier in the day. this despite the fact that there was some very violent clashes in the last 24 hours just outside that palace. take a look at the tape and you can see what took place just a few hours ago. on one side supporters of th president morsi. on the other secular groups say they oppose the islamist agenda. during the clashes firebombs and rocks were thrown. there was also gunfire. as you mentioned at least seven de
palace. it's a risky move that could cause conflict of supporters of mohammed morsi. the riot police seem to have the protestors bottled up in the square. the goal to march on the presidential palace failed today for the opposition. jenna: the question is whether we are headed toward potentially more violence in the streets. we'll keep an eye on what is happening in the streets today. jon: high levels of a deadly gas forced the evacuation of an elementary school forcing dozen of students to the hospital. an update on that story moments away jon: potentially deadly levels of carbon monoxide at an atlantiat atlanta elementary school. >> reporter: there is no law in the state of georgia that requires schools or buildings to install carbon monoxide detectors. this is an invisible gas that can be very, very dangerous when it's found in high levels, and so this happened at a school outside of atlanta, they were fixing a faulty boiler, the boiler went bad causing the carbon monoxide fumes to seep into the school. over 40 kids and seven adults were all sickened because of this. taken to a hospita
. president morsi has faced some very, very tough criticism since he granted himself massive powers until a brand-new constitution is drafted. he declared last week that there is no court anywhere in that country that could overturn anything he decides. if the officials pass the draft today, though, it will go before egyptians for a popular vote in 15 days. and if that is approved, president morsi is going to lose a lot of those extended powers. all of this as images like this play out, and these are not good for egyptians and they are not good for americans. the u.s. embassy in cairo has been closed. protesters are blocking the entrance, and the clashes are happening very, very close by. there is no indication at this time, however, that our embassy there is threatened. stay tuned. we'll keep you posted to the developments in that country. >>> and also in the middle east, we are seeing a rare moment of cooperation today between the palestinian authority and hamas. it's coming thousands of miles away from where they usually live. they're in new york, and both sides want their united natio
see up to 15 inches of rain. >>> overseas. egyptian mohamed morsi is expected to sign a new constitution today approved early this morningg by the egyptian assembly. the constitution was approved without input of liberal and. christian lawmakers and gives clerics oversight over legislation and restricts freedom of speech, women's rights and other liberties. >> secretary of state hillary clinton is critical of the overwhelming united nations vote to recognize a palestinian state. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu called it meaningless. the palestinians don't control their borders, airspace or trade but for many of them thursday's vote was a historic victory. vinita nair reports. >> reporter: the u.n. voted in favor of making the palestinians a nonmember observer state. the upgraded status recognizes the borders before israel's captured lands in 1967. >> translator: general assembly is to issue a certificate of the reality of the state of palestine. >> reporter: thousands of palestinians celebrated in the west bank and gaza while in jerusalem israelis protested against
morsi, the new president step down. steve harrigan streams live in cairo, it is nightfall now. what do we know about the u.s. embassy, steve? >> the u.s. embassy building is really just down the block from where i'm standing here and egypt security forces have put up a 12-foot high call of cinder block to keep that alleyway safe where the embassy is. the public services section which visitors use is closed today. that part of it is closed off. the embassy itself has not been targeted but it is part of a rough taeub rough neighborhood around tahrir square where protestors are throwing rocks and police are firing teargas. two buildings were set on fire, those blazes are now out. warnings issued to all americans to avoid the downtown area over the next few days due to the unrest, bill. bill: when will the new egyptian president morsi speak, do we know that, steve? >> reporter: we expect to hear from him on national television later tonight in a taped address. he's likely to introduce a new constitution, and that constitution could either make things better on the streets or it could infla
mohammed morsi will try to explain reasons for giving himself nearly absolute power. he and his backer notice muslim brotherhood argued he needed to do it to speed along the transition to a new government. the move has sparked new rallies which have turned violent at times. [chanting] >> shepard: meantime judges on egypt's highest court who lost their power under this decree today went on strike and say they will not return to work until the president gives up the sweeping powers that he somehow granted himself. palestinian leaders predict they are going to score historic win tomorrow when the united nations votes on whether to recognize a palestinian state. analysts expect the vote to pass and by a big majority it would grant palestine only limited understood -- statehood. against the effort it could give palestinians new leverage against israel. mahmoud abbas has said he will not negotiate with israel as long as it keeps expanding settlements in the west bank. and the israeli prime minister has refused to freeze that construction. "the fox report's" correspondent jonathan hunt is at
on it. that could be way out of the tough situation last week when morsi said his acts were beyond the judicial review. that ignited street credits there. >> we have to share everything on the table laws. for stable laws and separation of powers. the matters should be independent and will take tim time. >> they stress the faith of each constitution will be decided by the egyptian people. >> it will be up to them whether they need their standard. have a chance to make it clear. >> it's a question whether the move will be enough for the opposition. they have come out in force for seven nights. your will see likely protests in short-term on friday by those wanting to drive the president out of office. the size of the protest will give the first you indication of where they stand. >> thanks. united nations upgraded status on the world assembly to take a step toward recognition and ignoring u.s. opposition. eric shawn has that story tonight. >> in washington, bipartisan group of senators are threatening to cut funding if they use the status to punish israel. >> two states, one jewish an
-huh. >> and then i head back to cairo. where i am going to be speaking with president morsi. >> yeah. thank you. >> thank you very much. >> rose: thank you for joining us. see you next time. >> funding has been provided by the coca-cola company supporting this program since 2002. >> and american express. additional funding provided by these funders. >> and by bloomberg, a provider of multimedia news and information services worldwide. >> have you ever wished for perfect health or dreamed about living a long, vibrant life filled with all the things you love to do? well, i've gotreat news for you. in this show, i am going to share with you the secret cause of most all chronic disease. >> male announcer: internationally renowned digestive care expert and best-selling author, brenda
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